QRIS and ECE Program Leadership: Are we maximizing opportunities?
The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 10th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, QRIS and ECE Program Leadership: Are we maximizing opportunities?:
This provocative discussion focused on how QRIS can encourage the leadership needed to attain truly high-quality early learning programs. Good leaders empower and inspire classroom teachers and other program staff to engage in quality improvement. Does QRIS help or hinder this process? Are there new ways to think about standards, documentation, financial incentives or technical assistance that might encourage stronger, more effective program leadership? We explored leadership from many perspectives, including the difference between a leader and a boss, and discuss leadership as an asset that can not only be nurtured but transferred to other settings.
Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education finance and policy and co-founder of both the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance and Opportunities Exchange. Louise has worked with state and local governments, foundations, national policy organizations, early care and education (ECE) providers, and child advocacy groups in more than 40 states and cities. In addition to leading the national Shared Services movement, Louise is currently using cost-modeling techniques to inform ECE finance, establish effective Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) implementation and craft innovative policy. Louise writes occasionally for Exchange magazine, including: The Iron Triangle: A Simple Formula for ECE Finance (Mar./Apr. 2013) and First You Have to Pay the Bills: Training and Technical Assistance Focused on the Business Side of ECE(Sept./Oct. 2012). Additional publications are available at www.earlychildhoodfinance.org or www.opportunities_exchange.org.
Pennsylvania Keys Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Resources: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=CQI